David Wheatley - Fine Artist, Muralist, Tarot Reader, Astrologer
David was born and lived the first part of his life in Toronto, Canada. He attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York for his post High School education.
Following his departure from formal education in the early seventies, he incorporated a number of his family names into DAZA, which he exhibited under until the late eighties by which time this name was used exclusively for all work produced and published as a writer of short stories, and any musical material. All visual art is under the name David.
While traveling, his work was shown in Europe, the Middle East and later on around the United States. Eventually, when in South Florida, he became involved in set painting for the Hollywood Boulevard Theater. In 1998 he was commissioned to reproduce in its original scale and detail Monet’s painting Sunset which is a permanent installation in Paris at The Muse de L’Orangerie. The painting as an original is approximately 20 feet long. It is concave as an installation in Paris, but has been executed in fine detail as a flat, wall painting, on canvas in oil.
As a Hollywood Florida resident, David enriched several businesses downtown with either decorative painting and/or murals, and he was one of the artists invited to exhibit in Palm Beach, Florida’s’ Society of the Four Arts 62nd Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings. In the early summer of 2001 David had one painting featured in Fort Lauderdales' annual Hortt competition, and one in the Salon de Refuse exhibit hosted by the Broward Art Guild in Fort Lauderdale. His work has been featured in City Link magazine, exhibited in the City Link/Artserve annual summer show in Fort Lauderdale, and contributed his work to exhibits at the Broward Art Guild. During the 2002 and 2003 years David executed fabulous and varied styles of decorative glazed wall finishes, wall and ceiling murals, paintings in a variety of styles, wood grain matching and furniture embellishments in a few homes of a substantial scope in terms of design and size.
Throughout the years, an absorbing interest in mythology of any kind, philosophy, theology, metaphysics and the psychology of these and other kindred subjects have consistently surfaced in his creative work.
David lives in Fort Lauderdale and maintains a studio near the heart of downtown Lauderdale.